Word of the week: 4/6/16–Halcyon

Word: Halcyon You Pronounce it: [hal-see-uh n] Definition:adjective, Also, halcyonian [hal-see-oh-nee-uh n] (Show IPA), halcyonic [hal-see-on-ik] (Show IPA) 1.calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather. 2.rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace. 3.happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth. 4.of or relating to the halcyon or kingfisher. noun 5.a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to … Continue reading Word of the week: 4/6/16–Halcyon

Word of the Week: Diaspora

Word: Diaspora You Pronounce It: [dahy-as-per-uh, dee-] Definition:  noun 1. (usually initial capital letter) the scattering of the Jews to countries outside of Palestine after the Babylonian captivity. 2. (often initial capital letter) the body of Jews living in countries outside Israel. 3. (often initial capital letter) such countries collectively: the return of the Jews from the Diaspora. 4. any … Continue reading Word of the Week: Diaspora

Word of the Week: Heterogeneity

Word: heterogeneity You Pronounce It: [het-uh-roh-juh-nee-i-tee] Definition: noun 1. the quality or state of being heterogeneous; composition from dissimilar parts; disparateness. Heterogeneity is a word that signifies diversity. A classroom consisting of people from lots of different backgrounds would be considered having the quality of heterogeneity. The prefix hetero- means "other or different," while the prefix homo- means … Continue reading Word of the Week: Heterogeneity

Word of the Week: Intricacies

Word: Intricacies You Pronounce It: [in-tri-kuh-see] Definition:  noun, plural intricacies. 1. intricate character or state. 2. an intricate part, action, etc: intricacies of the law. I found it: While reading Barbara Christian's "Race for Theory" when she states: "Instead, I think we need to read the works of our writers in our various ways and remain open to … Continue reading Word of the Week: Intricacies

Word of the Week: Impertinent

Word: Impertinent You Pronounce It: [im-pur-tn-uh nt] Definition: adjective 1. intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions; insolently rude; uncivil: a brash, impertinent youth. 2. not pertinent or relevant; irrelevant: an impertinent detail. 3. Archaic. inappropriate, incongruous, or absurd. 4. Obsolete. (of persons) trivial, silly, or absurd. I Heard It: During class discussion relating to rudeness. I had no idea there … Continue reading Word of the Week: Impertinent

Word of the Week: 12/14/15

Word: Symptomatic You Pronounce it: [simp-tuh-mat-ik] Definition: 1.pertaining to a symptom or symptoms. 2.of the nature of or constituting a symptom; indicative (often fol by of): a condition symptomatic of cholera; a disagreement that was symptomatic of the deterioration in their relationship. 3.according to symptoms : a symptomatic classification of disease. Origin: 1690-1700; < Medieval Latin … Continue reading Word of the Week: 12/14/15

Word of the Week: 12/7/15

Word: Prosody You Pronounce It: [pros-uh-dee] Meaning: noun 1. the science or study of poetic meters and versification. 2. a particular or distinctive system of metrics and versification: Milton's prosody. 3. Linguistics. the stress and intonation patterns of an utterance. Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin prosōdia < Greek prosōidía tone or accent, modulation of voice, song sung to … Continue reading Word of the Week: 12/7/15

Word of the day: 10/22/15–Polysemous

Word: Polysemous You Pronounce It: pol-ee-see-mee, puh-lis-uh-mee Origin: 1895-1900; < New Latin polysēmia, equivalent to Late Latin polysēm (us) with many significations Definition: noun 1. diversity of meanings.I found it:I found it while reading "Agency as an interactive achievement" by Najma Al Zidjaly She argues that because of the interconnectedness of power and solidarity, all conversational strategies … Continue reading Word of the day: 10/22/15–Polysemous

Word of the day: 10/01/15–Intersubjective

Word: Intersubjective You Pronounce it: [in-ter-suh b-jek-tiv] Definition: adjective, Philosophy 1. comprehensible to, relating to, or used by a number of persons, as a concept or language. 2. existing between conscious minds; shared by more than one conscious mind. (found this one on top of the google search.) I found it: I found it while reading "Identity and … Continue reading Word of the day: 10/01/15–Intersubjective